NPR Analyzes Why Some States Want to Legalize Raw Milk

In a recent article, NPR analyzes why, despite the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association strongly advising against the consumption of raw milk, more and more states are legalizing its sale.

According to NPR, raw milk “…has become popular in recent years as part of the local food movement: an estimated 3% of the population drinks at least one glass a week.”

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture’s (NASDA) most recent raw milk survey, conducted in 2011, shows that 30 states have legalized the sales of raw milk in some form. The CDC believes the widening of legalization corresponds with an increase in raw milk-related illnesses.

Bob Ehart, senior policy and science adviser at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, points out that legalizing raw milk doesn’t necessarily condone it. Rather, “…legalization may give public health agencies the power to regulate a market that might otherwise exist underground” (see NPR Blog “The Salt”).

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Will Oregon Allow for the Advertising of Raw Milk?

In 2014, the state of Oregon agreed not to enforce a ban on advertising the sale of raw milk, although the advertising itself remained illegal.

Now, the Oregon House committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources is considering a bill that would allow producers to market raw milk directly to consumers. The chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Representative Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie), is in support of House Bill 2446 and has said he would like it to move through as quickly as possible.

This issue revolves around not only food freedom, but also freedom of speech. In 2013, the Virginia-based Institute for Justice filed a free speech lawsuit on behalf of one Oregon milk producer, “…contending that the state was violating the right of Oregon farmers to speak about a legal product” (see The Register-Guard).

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South Dakota Governor Signs Raw Milk Bill

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed Senate Bill 45, which will make raw milk and raw cream a legal product regulated by the state, just like grade A milk.

This bill is a result of the efforts of a Raw Milk Work Group that was formed in February 2014 on recommendation by the South Dakota Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Gena Parkhurst, one of the work group members and a raw milk consumer, says, “I am happy with the compromises and the way that it worked out. Everybody who was involved in the raw milk work group made some kind of a compromise so it felt like there was a fair balance of give and take.”

She says the next step is to outline the rules and regulations that will apply to raw milk and raw cream sales, hinting that there might be an education program involved, and that group members will gather their thoughts and move forward in the process.

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West Virginia Governor Vetoes Raw Milk Bill

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill that would have allowed consumers access to raw milk through herdshare agreements, which the state Senate had earlier approved.

Governor Tomblin’s veto message used the tired argument that allowing people to drink raw milk “would pose a serious risk to public health.” West Virginia House Delegate Kelli Sobonya (R – Cabell) called the veto shortsighted, preventing West Virginia from “…joining a majority of other states who support farm food freedom.”

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Raw Milk Gains Legislative Support in Maine

Raw milk advocates in Maine began 2015 optimistic about getting several food freedom passed by the Maine legislature, three of which would legalize the sales of raw milk in some form.

They have reason to remain optimistic, as in early March some officials from the Maine Department of Agriculture said they support easing licensing requirements for some dairy farmers who sell raw milk directly to consumers.

The Maine State Legislature is considering two bills that would do just that. LD 229 would allow dairy farms producing less than 20 gallons of raw milk per day to sell it at their farm or farmers market without state licensing or inspections. LD 312 would exempt farms from state licensing or inspections only if the raw milk is sold directly to consumers at the farm, though farmers would need to pass a dairy sanitation course and would not be able to advertise raw milk.

Read more about who testified in support of which bill, and how each bill would affect Maine dairy farmers via the Portland Press Herald.

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Evaluating the Risk of Raw Milk

Many raw milk advocates are clear in their belief that consumption of raw milk should be a personal choice – they don’t force others to drink raw milk but people shouldn’t force them to abstain from drinking raw milk either.

A thoughtful and well-written piece titled, “The Risk of Raw Milk,” discusses the risk of consuming unpasteurized dairy in systematic terms, including these first two:

  1. Risk Belongs to the Risk Taker: Assuming that there is a risk to drinking raw milk, the author asks, “Who are you to tell me that it is an unnecessary risk for me?  Should I tell you that eating the processed food in your cupboard is an unnecessary risk for you? Well, I am going to tell you that…but I am not going to make it law.”
  2. All Options Carry Risk in Some Form: Assuming that there is a risk to drinking raw milk, how are we to make the assumption that there is not also a risk to drinking industrialized, chemical-laden pasteurized milk? The FDA’s recall list also includes pasteurized dairy products and even apples. “In our modern food system, consider everything a risk,” the author writes.

Read additional arguments about the risk of raw milk here.

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Mother of Child Who Fell Ill From (Allegedly) Raw Milk Speaks Out

In the midst of debates surrounding new raw milk legislation in Victoria, Australia, four or five children in the region became ill, allegedly from the consumption of raw milk, and tragically one of the children passed away due to resulting complications. People on both sides of the raw milk debate rushed to pass judgments and call for legislative reform, despite lack of evidence that conclusively pointed to raw milk as the cause of illness.

A local blogger wrote about her thoughts on the unfolding events and was surprised when, shortly thereafter, the mother of one of the ill children contacted her on Facebook. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, provided a backstory on her family’s raw milk consumption and timing of events, including why she herself was hesitant to believe that raw milk was the certain cause of her son’s illness.

My son was diagnosed with a parasite (cryptosporidium) after having severe gastro for 10 days.  I was told that raw milk was a possible cause.  We had also visited a farm, picked up and cuddled chickens, cats and dogs from this farm and swam in a pool…all also possible risk factors for this parasite. If I could get closure on this and know for sure that it was the milk, it would give me some peace…but I am not convinced,” she wrote.

In this case, it is possible that raw milk was the cause of illness but it is not certain – and for the media and members of the public to rush to judgment without any conclusive evidence is inflammatory and threatens rational conversation about the reform of raw milk in Victoria and elsewhere.

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RAW MILK RIGHTS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

Linda Morken, is a Weston A. Price Foundation volunteer chapter leader in Victoria, British Columbia. She recently penned an article about raw milk for the Rural Observer, a magazine in her province with a mission to build community and foster the exchange of ideas.

Linda raised her 4 children on farm fresh, unprocessed milk on a farm in Alberta. The family later relocated to the city of Victoria and strayed from their whole foods diet. For 10 years, Linda prepared vegetarian meals and replaced the meat with soy. As serious health issues arose throughout the family, Linda realized their modernized diet may be at the root of their degenerating health.

In her search for solutions, Linda found the Weston A. Price dietary guidelines and attended a GAPS diet class. Going back to the WAPF recommended farm foods that were the standard fare of her pioneer grandparents, has meant that Linda and her family members have seen constant and profound improvements in their health. She is grateful that WAPF provides sound and scientifically backed evidence that underscores the wisdom of our ancestors and of Dr. Price. The reason why Linda serves as a WAPF chapter leader and wrote her recent article in Rural Observer is because she passionately believes that today’s epidemic levels of degenerative disease and the needless suffering they bring can be relieved once the diet is sorted out, most especially in children. And having access to traditional, farm fresh, unprocessed whole milk is a big part of that.

Read her article here:
http://www.realmilk.com/international-updates/raw-milk-rights-in-british-columbia/

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David Gumpert’s The Raw Milk Answer Book Will Become a Reality Thanks to Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

David Gumpert, author of The Complete Patient blog and a staunch supporter of food freedom, will have a new book coming out thanks to an incredibly successful crowdfunding campaign that drew the support of close to 200 people and more than doubled his fundraising goal.

The Raw Milk Answer Book addresses more than 200 of the most common questions about raw milk, including the complex and controversial. “It is an engaging conversation, unblinking in its focus on real-world data, unafraid to take issue with wild claims on either side of the raw milk controversy,” reads The Raw Milk Answer Book’s crowdfunding page.

The book, which is expected to be released on March 23, 2015, will be available on Kindle and CreateSpace. Bulk wholesale orders for farm buying clubs and holistic health practitioners will be available. Stay tuned to Gumpert’s blog, The Complete Patient, for additional updates.

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West Virginia Senate Passes Bill That Would Legalize Herdsharing Agreements

The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill that would allow people to obtain raw milk through herdsharing agreements.

The bill passed narrowly by an 18-16 vote of approval. While numerous senators were reluctant to pass the bill because of public safety risks, one senator argued that raw milk is safer than most people think.

“This is a basic question of economic and personal liberty. It’s not to say there is zero danger but the danger is actually extremely slight. More people die from eating spinach than from drinking raw milk. More people die from eating raw cantaloupe than drinking raw milk,” said Senator Ron Miller (R-Upshur).

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